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Imagine if Jackanory was set free from its childish shackles. What twisted, funny tales would it unleash upon the world?

Combining some of the UK's best and brightest comedy writers and performers, this exclusive to audio edition of UKTV's Dave Channel Crackanory is a master class in storytelling and features an all-star cast including Toby Jones, Katherine Parkinson, John Robins, Robert Bathurst and Simon Bird.

Episode List:

  • 'Kill Phil'
  • 'Mummy Business'
  • 'The Character Assassin'
  • 'The IT Man'
  • 'The Egg That Knew Too Much'

©2017 UKTV (P)2017 Audible Ltd

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Brilliant!

Strange, intriguing, funny and, so much more.
I loved every single performance and story and I'm sure you (yes mate you reading this) will as well.

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Great story telling!

most of the stories were fantastic. a few were predictable, and couple underwhelming. overall, the author's held my interest as my imagination grew more vivid.

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Awesome! Snarkiest of all snark.

Thanks for such an entertaining read! Witty, contemporary, brash, hilarious, and overall very very very very enjoyable.

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entertaining

If you could sum up FREE: Crackanory Too Cracked for TV - exclusive to Audible in three words, what would they be?

entertaining, cute, creative

What did you like best about this story?

all of the stories were cute and creepy and made you think. like a modern twilight zone

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

the life they bring to the stories is... extraordinary. love listening to this!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

i laughed out loud to quite a few of these

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good

Nice one.. finished it on one go ! Narration is appreciable. Added to my liked list already

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Strange

I enjoyed this tome and will recommend it with one caveat, if you are not a fan of English humour it can be a little strange. I look forward to more.

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Great humor

Very entertaining short stories. The stories kept me interested. I had quite a few chuckles!

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LOVED THIS!!!!!!

This was great to listen to. Enjoyed the stories. I want more of these. MORE!!!!!!

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A cracking good time

a short funny tale with an unusual twist. Pick up a copy and enjoy it

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5 short comical stories - all great fun

All five stories are highly entertaining in this comical collection by various authors. The stories run for approximately 15-20 each, making them a nice quick listen while you’re on the go.
In the first story, Phil accidentally has his dry cleaner assassinated on a dark web vengeance site called Criss Cross, only to find he now has to reciprocate. The tongue in cheek narration by Robert Bathurst is matched with great voice work.
The second story is an outrageous supernatural ghost story. Narrator Katherine Parkinson is hysterically funny. She also puts on some great character voices, adding to her humorous reading.
John Robins reads The Character Assassin about successful author Rachel, who lives alone with her cat, Millhouse. This is the tale of a plot that refuses to change when Rachel attempts to alter the story of her current book. Equally quirky is The Egg That Knew Too Much – perhaps my favourite of the stories, as read by the suburb Toby Jones. It’s the story of Ted, who loves eggs until one day he cracks one open to find a tiny scroll predicting a horse race winner. The notes become regular and the predictions are always accurate until one day they change to begin predicting who will die. When his own death is predicted, Ted races against time to find the egg farm and break the curse.
In the final story, read by Simon Bird, Mike and Rob are like two peas in a pod until Rob gets their dream IT job. Like the stories and a narrators before, this is a fun tale with an unexpected twist, expertly read by the narrator.
Crackanory is a British audio series so should appeal to lovers of that absurd British humour that they do so well. Highly recommended.

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  • Simon
  • 02-03-17

A Decent Freebie!

Certainly as a freebie I can't complain about this one. Five varied stories, all a bit on the strange side which will appeal in different ways to different people. My personal favourite was the new take on the ancient Egyptian curse in "Mummy Business" but I found at least one wry smile in each of them. There is at one point cracking line describing Noel Edmonds which I particularly enjoyed. The "IT Man" was almost Luke Smitherd-like in its approach but very much a light version of him given its brevity.

I have only occasionally seen the TV series and obviously you miss the visuals from the experience but I think those of us that read and listen to audiobooks a lot don't need much help in that department.

I wonder if this is a pre-cursor to a series . . .

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  • Mike T.
  • 02-03-17

Five uneven short stories. Two good. Three so so.

I've never seen any Crackanory TV tales. Not broadcast in my country. So this is my review solely based on this audiobook. No comparison to the TV show. No spoilers.

1: Kill Phil - Sort of a modernized internet slanted version of "Strangers on a Train". Good story idea. Enjoyable.

2: Mummy Business - Not very enjoyable. Story that goes nowhere really. Slight chuckle at the characters trouble saying Nefertiti correctly though.

3: The Character Assassin - The best of the stories. A creepy story that could have been a good Twilight Zone episode.

4: The Egg That Knew Too Much - A story that feels like a mix between Twilight Zone and Monty Python. Not very enjoyable though.

5: The IT-man - The least enjoyable story. Had a hard time focusing on the story at first. Then it was just... bad.

Narrators for all the stories was great. Lively and eminently listenable.

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  • Susan M McMillan
  • 02-01-17

Utterly brilliant

These short stories were reminiscent of Roald Dahl and Jeffrey Archer. Darkly twisted, well narrated.

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  • Sara
  • 10-13-18

Really enjoyed this, especially as it was free!

Every bit as good as the series on Dave. Well worth a listen. Please could we have some more audible 😁

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  • MissBLD3000
  • 10-02-18

Didn't Know What To Expect...

...but ended up really enjoying it. The voice acting is very good. Funny, lots of wit and enjoyable to listen to. Go ahead and give it a go!

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  • A. Humphreys
  • 09-24-18

Mixed bag

Firstly all 5 stories were read well, the storiea themselves were not too long but not great either! Some were quite entertaining but then let down at the end. Katherine Parkinson's tale was a joy to listen to her describe certain parts of it, would imagine it took a few goes! That said it was free and I did the ironing listening to them!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-23-18

wonderful

This is one of the best audio books ever!! Really good for log car journeys and always makes you could go yourself at the end! I really really recommend this book to anyone who likes a twist in a story.

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  • Wakeman
  • 08-15-18

Variable quality

This collection is interesting, but variable. I should also say that they are not in my favourite genre. There are 2 that are poor, 2 average and 1 very good. 'Character Assassin' is that one, well worth another listen. In general, the readings are well done, except that Toby Jones injects too much enthusiasm into 'The Egg That Knew Too Much', over the top for a very poor story.

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  • Rose
  • 07-12-18

Very, very funny

The ideas for some of these stories are inconcievable and unbelievable, far fetched is how they’d be described by professionals but still the collection is very, very funny. Predictable and corny no doubt but still, funny all the same. Despite everything I liked it a lot.

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  • Revs
  • 07-08-18

So funny

good stories it is a shame there was not more of them to listen to

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-17

Tales of the UnEGGspected.

Tales of the UnEGGspected. Cracking yokes of bad eggs, and twisted tails of porkies told, scratching the surface of the final straws in the animal farm of modern battery farmed urbane dystopia.

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  • amanda
  • 09-25-17

Funny and free.

Defined cracked. loved them all and to be so thoroughly entertained for free...just fantastic..thanks audible.

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  • Anna Spencer
  • 03-02-17

A real cracker!

I really loved these stories! They remind me of Roald Dahl's 'Tales of the Unexpected.'

The readings are excellent and the stories first rate.

I think this audio book would appeal to most people.

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  • Sowmya
  • 11-17-17

my review

this book is again well narrated by the narrator. Recommend to listen to it anytime

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-13-17

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0 of 2 people found this review helpful